Government will not assess the impact of flooding on the EU referendum turnout

The UK Government will not make an assessment of the impact severe weather conditions had on the EU referendum last year, according to Cabinet Office Minister, Chris Skidmore MP. In response to a parliamentary question by WebRoots Democracy ambassador, Graham Allen MP, raising the occurrence of severe flooding on the day of the EU referendum … Continue reading Government will not assess the impact of flooding on the EU referendum turnout

New poll finds most support for online voting amongst women, Londoners, and 80’s kids

A new survey by Mancunian marketing agency, Tecmark and polling company YouGov has found that 63% of adults in the UK believe that the introduction of online voting would boost turnout in elections. The data shows that support is strongest amongst women, those who live in London, and those aged 25 to 39.  It is … Continue reading New poll finds most support for online voting amongst women, Londoners, and 80’s kids

Lib Dem Minister ‘would be very happy’ to see online voting piloted

Liberal Democrat Minister, Tom Brake MP has this week said that he would be 'very happy' to see online voting trials take place in the UK. Brake, the Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, was responding to the findings of the Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy which recommended in January that online voting should … Continue reading Lib Dem Minister ‘would be very happy’ to see online voting piloted

Women are at risk of falling off the electoral register – and out of the political debate

By Councillor Abena Oppong-Asare. As we take the time to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women today, it’s important to recognise the low turnout of women at the last general election. A study carried out by the ‘House of Commons Library at the request of Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman, showed that 9.1 million women … Continue reading Women are at risk of falling off the electoral register – and out of the political debate

REPORT: Online voting could boost turnout by 9 million

An online voting option in UK elections could increase turnout by up to 9 million, according to a new report ‘Viral Voting’ launched today. The report also finds that online voting could reduce the cost per vote by a third, saving taxpayers £12 million per general election. The report, by pressure group WebRoots Democracy, is … Continue reading REPORT: Online voting could boost turnout by 9 million

Low voter turnout and the rise of UKIP

By Nathan Parton. Walk down most streets in Britain and ask any citizen what they think of a politician or a political party and you’re likely to be met with a direct response - ‘They don’t understand what it is like’ or ‘their world is different to ours.’ This kind of rhetoric is becoming increasingly … Continue reading Low voter turnout and the rise of UKIP

Online Voting: Time to drag our democracy into the 21st century

By Sadiq Khan MP. The way we run our democracy is stuck in a time warp.  If we are serious about raising turnout at elections and getting more people involved in the way our country is run, then we need to do all we can to drag our democracy into the 21st Century. We still … Continue reading Online Voting: Time to drag our democracy into the 21st century

Could an #onlinevoting option have enticed the half a million that didn’t vote in the #indyref?

Whilst over two million Scots will be feeling relieved and more than one and half million nursing feelings of disappointment, there will be over half a million Scottish people confessing to having not voted in the independence referendum. In total, over 665,000 registered voters did not cast a vote in the Scottish independence referendum. This … Continue reading Could an #onlinevoting option have enticed the half a million that didn’t vote in the #indyref?

Why did over half a million registered voters not turn out in the Scottish #indyref?

After a passionate, heated and tightly-run two-year campaign, over 665,000 registered voters did not cast a vote in the Scottish independence referendum. This represents over 15% of the 4 million Scottish people that registered to vote and is a number that could have changed the result to a 'Yes' victory. The turnout of 84.5% sets a … Continue reading Why did over half a million registered voters not turn out in the Scottish #indyref?

The 10% turnout in the West Midlands PCC by-election represents an embarrassment to UK democracy

Early reports from the West Midlands suggest that just over one in ten people voted in the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) by-election yesterday. The estimate is that turnout was 10.32% meaning that around 1.8million people (out of an electorate of 2million) did not vote for their new Commissioner. The turnout in Coventry and Sandwell … Continue reading The 10% turnout in the West Midlands PCC by-election represents an embarrassment to UK democracy